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Statius' Silvae are argued during this publication to be very important social and literary productions. frequently derided as occasional and consequently inconsequential verse, they provide attention-grabbing perception into the background, politics, paintings and literature of the Flavian interval. They rejoice and discover in all its style and ambiguity a flourishing literary and inventive tradition which the condemnation of Domitian's reminiscence after his assassination had principally suppressed. They deserve attention for what they display concerning the position of poetry and patronage in imperial society in addition to approximately imperial artwork and structure.

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